Hallin Fell

All photos and video is taken on my mobile because I forgot to charge my Nikon D3200 battery due to not enough planning and work commitments.
On the 1st of September 2012 myself Paul “themuss” met our friend Paul “Kilburnicus” in the lake district near Ullswater, we set off on a short direct route that would take us straight to Hallin Fell summit to be greeted with some great views of the lake. I was the first to get my bivvy pitched but last to get sorted thumbing around with various ways to put my tarp I ended up with the help of the two lads and we came up with what you see in the below photos, I’m gonna need some serious experimentation with configurations before this will be come a practical way of life for me. For lunch I had two boil in the bags washed down with a brew of yorkshire tea followed by a single can of special brew lager, Paul had his usual brandy which I believe might have been the cause of what made him retire first whilst me and Killburnicus chatted into the early hours about our next meet up in the Scottish highlands, over the top of the sound of loud snoring by themuss.

2012-09-01_1923 856yd Raw

 View of Ullswater from our pitch

View of Ullswater from the trig point.

Another view from the trig

Me at Hallin Trig

Our Pitch On Hallin Fell

My Rab Ridgemaster Bivvy and Alpkit Rig7 Tarp

The three stooges

A great night was had by all of us watch my video below.

Hallin Fell
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Hallin Fell summit cairn, looking over Ullswater
Elevation 388 m (1,273 ft)
Prominence 163 m (535 ft)
Parent peak High Street
Listing Marilyn, Wainwright
Hallin Fell is located in Lake District
Hallin Fell
Cumbria,  England
Range Lake District, Far Eastern Fells
OS grid NY433198
Coordinates 54°34′14″N 2°52′35″W / 54.57057°N 2.876354°W / 54.57057; -2.876354Coordinates: 54°34′14″N 2°52′35″W / 54.57057°N 2.876354°W / 54.57057; -2.876354
Topo map OS Explorer OL5

Hallin Fell is a hill in the English Lake District surrounded on three sides by Ullswater.


The fell is a continuation of the ridge leading down from Steel Knotts, but the depression at The Coombs is so profound that Hallin Fell appears totally independent in almost any view. This is born out by its status as a Marilyn, despite being diminutive amongst Lakeland fells.

Hallin Fell stands like a plug in the outlet of the Martindale valley system. The outflows of Rampsgill, Bannerdale and Boredale are deflected west around the fell, eventually finding the shore of Ullswater at Sandwick. Fusedale and the little valley above Howtown drain around the east of the fell to meet the Lake at Howtown Wyke. The southern boundaries of the fell are therefore easily defined by these watercourses and the Howtown to Sandwick road with its ferocious hairpin climb to The Coombs.

The fell is circular in plan with smooth slopes to the south and west. Wainwright famously claimed that the southern side could be "ascended comfortably in bare feet".[1] There is rougher ground on the other sides and Hallin Fell's northernmost extremity — Geordie's Crag — projects into the lake, separating Ullswater's middle and lower reaches.

Summit and view

The top is grassy with a number of small knolls and some outcropping rock. The highest point has an imposing square sectioned columnar cairn, and there are many other small cairns at other vantage points. Like many shorter hills in mountainous areas, the views from the summit are excellent, and Hallin Fell commands views across Martindale Common, High Street, Helvellyn, Blencathra and Ullswater.

View southwest over Martindale from Hallin Fell with captioned fell names. Ullswater can be seen on the right of the picture.

Ascents and lakeside walk

The climb from Howtown to the obelisk at the summit is short and easy, there are also multiple paths up from St Peter's church at the hause and from Howtown hamlet. Around the northern side of the fell is part of the popular lakeside walk from Howtown to Patterdale. This route, mainly in wooded surroundings and with some gentle scrambling over outcrops, can be combined with a trip on the Ullswater steamer to provide a fine low-level excursion.

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View of Ullswater from Hallin Fell — visible hills include Blencathra, Gowbarrow Fell and Little Mell Fell


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11 Responses to “Hallin Fell”

  1. cheviot Says:

    Looks like you had brilliant weather Dave and a cracking campsite.Intersting set up of the tarp and bivvy.

  2. David Murphy Says:

    Thanks mate, yeah its my first with the tarp and new bivvy, there would be issues with the current set up if the wind changed direction in the night, but been my first go at this it ended up ok.

  3. killy Says:

    I really liked the bivvy tarp setup.Packed small.lightweight.Loads of different ways to experiment with.Particularly liked the double hoop design.
    Nice photograph of me n all,lol.
    : o )

  4. david murphy Says:

    Cheers Killy Paul mate, it wouldn’t have been achived with your help , I was about to give up as it was dark and didn’t look like rain was gonna be a problem , didn’t really need the tarp but want just to try it out I suppose, great camp.

  5. david murphy Says:

    Without your help I meant lol

  6. Paul aka The Muss Says:

    erm and my help after I phoned home and had 2 meals I was helping for the end result

  7. paul harmer Says:

    nice clouds ..

  8. Belgian_Hiker Says:

    Looked like a great trip in the hills ! Interesting choice the bivi/tarp setup compared to your Akto Dave. Keep the reports coming !

  9. David Murphy Says:

    Thanks mate, it was first trial of both tarp and bivvy, it took some time to work out how i was gonna peg out the tarp but got there in the end.

  10. David Murphy Says:

    Yeah muss you having them two meals were a great inspiration in achieving the final tarp configuration.

  11. David Murphy Says:

    The clouds were just right Paul not full of rain.